Chapters 22 & 23 Web QuestionsPosted: June 9, 2012
Below please find the first web questions for the course, written by your classmate Zexun Yu. Please answer at least one of these questions with a comment of a paragraph or more.
1) Capitalism seemed well suited to develop the economy of the early modern world. Yet since then, capitalism has produced many crises that caused people to suffer, it has saturated our lives with products that we don’t need, and has contributed to the destruction of the environment. So does capitalism still suit our society? Do we need to make any changes to our economic system?
2) Absolute monarchy and constitutional monarchy both developed in Europe during the early modern era. Why do you think constitutional monarchy still exists today while absolute monarchy has disappeared? What do you think about this situation? What made absolute monarchy fade away?
3) In early modern Europe, the Church not only controlled religion, but also wielded considerable political power. Before the early modern period, most people absolutely believed in the Church and did not question it because they thought it was the spokesperson of God. So no matter what Church said or did, people thought it was right. But this began to change with the Scientific Revolution. Some people began to pose questions that challenged the Church’s positions. What circumstances led them to start to this questioning?